Former US president George W. Bush will attend the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Washington on Jan.20. File/AFP
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Republican former president George W. Bush will attend Democrats President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s inauguration ceremony in Washington on Jan.20, his chief of staff said on Tuesday.
According to Bush's chief of staff Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will attend the ceremony.
“President and Mrs. Bush look forward to returning to the Capitol for the swearing in of President Biden and Vice President Harris,” Freddy Ford tweeted.
"I believe this will be the eighth inauguration they've had the privilege of attending — President Trump's being the most recent — and witnessing the peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy that never gets old," the statement said.
“Witnessing the peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy that never gets old,” he added, in a seeming jab at President Donald Trump who refuses to concede defeat and has not confirmed if he will attend Biden’s inauguration.
US President Donald Trump gestures during a meeting.
The statement from Bush, the only living former Republican president, came during a week of high political tensions in the United States, with Trump desperately scheming to reverse his election loss.
On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence is to preside over a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote that confirmed Biden as the winner of the White House.
Trump is planning to address a rally called in protest at the certification, and he urged Pence to “reject fraudulently chosen electors” — a move the vice president has no legal authority to make.
Bush called Biden on Nov.8, the day after US media called the election for the Democrat, to offer his “warm congratulations.”
At the time he said Biden was “a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country.”
“The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear,” he added in a statement then.
Biden’s first day is expected to be packed, with aides saying recently he would sign perhaps a dozen executive orders that could address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America.
White liberals are in a panic over the 2020 election. With Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent death, white women in particular are panicking about their reproductive freedoms, shouting about how America is turning into Margaret Atwood’s Gilead.
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The deal arrives just in time for a summit of world leaders hosted by the U.S. government on Thursday and Friday, where the EU and other global powers will promote their pledges to protect the planet.
Biden has invited 40 world leaders including Xi and Russia's Vladimir Putin to the meet starting on Earth Day, meant to mark Washington's return to the front lines of the fight against climate change after former president Donald Trump disengaged from the process.
As aviation industry players have become more optimistic on the resumption of international flights worldwide, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with a leading European diagnostic service provider, for more ease to passengers required to secure negative Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) test results.
Sheikh Abdullah affirmed the depth and strength of relations between the UAE and Pakistan, which, he said, are longstanding and based on mutual trust and respect. He stressed the two nations’ determination to grow cooperation across all fields for the common good of both nations’ peoples.